Corn, Spring Onions & Ricotta Tart

4 Jul

My fondness for cheese tempts me to experiment with different kinds of it. So I decided to pick up a recipe which had ricotta cheese. It’s a very soft, crumbly and salty cheese. Usually goes well with salads and tarts. This recipe is an adaptation from food52 (a really nice blog).

This tart is more like a quiche, soft and eggy. My one and a half year old loved the eggy tart. His favourite part was “mama egg!”. It’s a pleasure to try something new when your kid and family enjoys it.

 

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Polenta is a new ingredient that I have used, this is an instant polenta, very easily available and easy to use.

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Knead the polenta, flour, egg and salt. Bring it together. Let it rest in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

 

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Grease the baking flan very well with butter. This is a loose bottom flan which brings out the tart easily.

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Bring out the kneaded dough. Roll it over with a thickness of 4 mm. Place it over the flan and press it evenly, not to leave any gaps. Place a foil or a baking sheet and put some weight on it. For this I used, kidney beans.

 

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Blend cream, egg, salt, and corns.

 

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Blend well!!

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Bring out the tart from the oven after 20 minutes.

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Pour the eggy mixture.

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Put the crumbly ricotta….just scatter!! unevenly!!!

 

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YOur Tart is ready..!!! Dig innn!!

 

 

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

115 gms (1 cup)sifted plain flour

115 gms (3/4 cup) uncooked polenta

115 gms (1/2cup)  butter plus extra for greasing

1 egg

pinch of sea salt

1 tbsp ice water

water

Filling

3 ears of corn

4 eggs

3 spring onions, thinly sliced

100 gms (1/2 cup) fresh ricotta

1/4 cup double cream

1 tsp salt

freshly grounded pepper

Method:

  1. Combine flour, polenta, butter,and salt and knead it well till the butter combines. Add egg and iced water. Mix till the mixture comes together.
  2. Turn the dough on a lightly floured bench and knead for a minute. Form the dough into a ball and cover it with cling film, Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 200 degree celcius. Take the pastry out of the fridge, and roll out both sides untill you have reached 4 mm thickness and wide enough to fit the flan tin.  Grease the flan tin very well with butter and lay pastry on top. Press the sides with your fingers, then run the rolling pin over the tin to trim off the sides.
  4. Place a sheet of baking paper over the top and filling it with dried beans or pastry weights. Place in the over to bake for 2o mins.
  5. While the pastry is baking, remove the kernel from the corn on the cobs. Place the 4 eggs, cream, salt and corn kernels into the food processor. Pulse briefly till combined. Stir in thinly sliced spring onions.
  6. When the pastry is ready, remove it from the oven and pour the mixture. Break the ricotta up into small chunks and do it evenly around the mixture. Place it back into the oven and bake it for about 20 mintues. Grind over some freshly cracked pepper.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chicken Salami Toasties with Jia & Bani

24 Jun

Well, Summer is the time when all the children come over to my place and we have all sort of fun. We enjoy from going shopping, jokes, playing, cooking and eating (hogging..our favourite!). So this time I decided to introduce my best pals in kitchen while I was preparing breakfast this morning. They are Bani and Jia. They are the sweetest and the most adorable kids. They too have a passion of cooking, so I decided to give them a bit of a push to follow their passion. We decided to make something that is children friendly and which they can cook for their parents and grandparents at home.

 

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                                                           My Pals in my Kitchen!!

 

These girls are fun loving and always ready for mischief and ready to learn. It has been fun having them around and training them to make yummy food. As my son quotes “Mom, its yummy in the tummy”. The flavors of the sauce with salami and veggies were very palatable. Our breakfast this morning was wholesome and healthy.

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Makes 10 slices

Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

250 gm Chicken Salami

1 loaf garlic bread/ multi-grain bread

1/2 green capsicum chopped

1/2 onion chopped

1/2 tomato chopped

2 tsp mayonnaise

2 tsp tomato ketchup

2 tsp mustard sauce

2 cubes grated cheese

 

Method:

  1. Mix tomato ketchup, mustard sauce, and mayonnaise.
  2. Spread the sauce on the bread, place the salami, add the veggies and finally the cheese.
  3. Toast the bread at 220 degree Celsius for 15 minutes.
  4. Serve Hot.

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 Toasties!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avocado & Strawberry Salad

14 Jun

 

Ingredients:

2 tbsp honey

3 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp cider vinegar

1 tsp goat cheese

some sliced strawberries

1 pitted avocado – sliced

some parsley leaves

Method:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, olive oil, honey, vinegar, and lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. Place the salad greens and top with sliced avocado and strawberries. Drizzle dressing over everything. Refrigerate for upto 2 hours before serving.

 

 

 

 

Rosemary and Garlic Chicken

7 Jun

Some how I have been really willing to use the flavor of rosemary in my food. So my recent trip to the grocery store demanded me to bring this new herb rosemary. It usually goes well with meat and chicken. So I decided to go with chicken. Somehow I enjoy using herbs in my cooking as it gives a very refreshing flavor.

Rosemary has some great health benefits such as it helps in cancer prevention, improving memory, pain relief,  mood elevator, digestive problems, and immune booster. Not only it is good for health but its pine-like aroma and pungent flavor goes well with chicken, lamb, pork, salmon and tuna dishes.

chicken rosemary

Ingredients:

1/3 cup olive oil

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 lemon slices

10 garlic cloves, crushed

3 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves

2 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

3 tbsp olive oil

1 complete bone-in chicken

2 potatoes

Method:

  1. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, garlic cloves, rosemary leaves, salt, and black pepper. Stir it vigorously.
  2. Clean the chicken. Pat dry. Add the emulsified mixture to the chicken. Rub the mixture well with the chicken.
  3. Add cut potatoes and slices of lemon.
  4. Put a foil on a baking tray. Place the chicken, lemon and potatoes well.
  5. Grill the chicken for 30-40 minutes.

 

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Verdict: Flavors are great with lemon and rosemary. Serve it instantly out of the grill. The flavors are great and also appreciated by young children.

 

Mango Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

5 Jun

I often love to experiment with the salads. So i thought of including MANGO, this season to my salad. Believe me, this turned out to be actually great. It was highly refreshing and the flavors in the salad really coagulated very well. This is very easy to make and also very refreshing.

We often avoid mangoes because they are high calorie fruit. But I actually found a lot of benefits for this fruit, especially for you, so that you could indulge into the fruit guilt free. I came across 10 Benefits for eating mango:

  1. Fights and Prevents Cancer – Mangoes are full of anti-oxidants which prevent breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer. It also helps in prevent leukemia.
  2. Improves Eye Sight – It contains high dosage of Vitamin A or Retinol which helps protect eye sight.
  3. High amount of Fiber and Vitamin C – It contains high amount of fibre and Vitamin C which helps to eliminate the Low Dencity Lipoprotein thereby bringing cholesterol levels down.
  4. Maintaining the Alkaline balance of the Body – This is an amazing fruit which helps to maintain the alkaline balance of the human body because it contains elements like malic acid, tartaric acid and also a very good amount of citric acid.
  5. Increases Metabolic rate – Like papayas, mangoes also help in improving digestion because it is very rich in fibres. Fibres help in good bowel movement and this inturn helps increase metabolic rate. Increased metabolic rate helps in cutting down excess stomach flab.
  6. Boost Immunity
  7. Enriched with Anti oxidants – Mangoes are enriched with antioxidants and this helps in cell rejuvenation and cell repair.It helps detoxify skin from inside and also prevents occurrence of acne.
  8. Increases Fertility – Mangoes are rich in folate or folic acid which helps in improving fertility. It is a form of Vitamin B and folic acid deficiency that can cause miscarriage in women.
  9. Trace Minerals – Mangoes contain trace elements like copper, selenium, zinc and potassium which are essential for human well being. Absence of these trace minerals can cause a lot of health problems. So start including mangoes in your regular diet.
  10. Vitamin E – Mangoes are rich in Vitamin E, which helps increase and improve the sex drive in humans. Mango fruit benefits also include reducing cholesterol and preventing diabetes. I know you would be surprised reading this, but it is true. Mangoes contain natural sugar, and each has nearly 31gms of sugar, but at the same time it is low on glycemic load, this means that it the blood sugar is not affected.

Serves: 4

Time required: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 Mango finely cut

1/2 Cucumber finely chopped

1/2 Red Bell Pepper finely chopped

1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper finely chopped

Some lettuce

some sweet corns

Dressing:

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp sugar

2 tsp chopped parsley

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Method:

  1.  Cut mango, cucumber, bell peppers and put them in the bowl.
  2. Prepare the dressing by mixing all the ingredients.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and let it chill in refrigerator.
  4. Before serving, arrange the lettuce on the plate and place the salad on top. You can decorate with some cherries.

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Refreshing Mango Punch

31 May

In the heat of summer, a refreshing drink is always welcomed. Often, I make this to beat the scorching heat. It is easy to make.

Serves: 5-6

Prep Time :5 mins

Ingredients:

1 Mango pulp

1 cup mint leaves

1/2 tsp black salt

1 tsp Black pepper

1 tsp salt

2 tsp lemon juice

Sprite/ Limca

Method:

  1. Blend the mango pulp, mint leaves in a mixer. Season it.
  2. Put 2 tsp of the mixture in a glass and top it up with sprite or limca.
  3. Serve with ice.

Mango Punch

Healthier Breakfast – Chicken and Mushroom Toast

17 May

Sometimes it is very confusing what to have for breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day. So I usually try to make it healthy and nutritious. Different ideas as always welcomed. I liked about this toast was firstly it was quick, also tasteful and secondly, I could make another dish out of it (mushroom croquettes).

It is always easier to make your breakfast healthy. There are a few easy tips:

  1. If you eating fruits, avoid peeling them. They add to your roughage.
  2. Instead of having plain milk, add breakfast cereals to it or just make a fruit smoothie.
  3. Add an egg to your diet.
  4. Eat almonds in the morning. They give energy and good source to improve memory.
  5. Substitute white bread with a multigrain bread or a wholewheat bread
  6. Add salad leaves to your sandwich.

 

 

Mushroom Chicken Toast

 

 

Ingredients:

2-3 piece of boneless chicken (cut into small pieces)

100 g mushrooms (finely chopped)

1 onion (finely chopped)

1 tbsp butter

3/4 cup milk

2 tbsp cornflour

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp oregano

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Method:

  1. Add butter to the pan. Cook the chicken.
  2. Add onions. When transparent add the mushrooms. Simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Take half the milk add cornflour. Mix well. Add to the pan.Keep stirring. Put the rest of the milk.
  4. Season the mixture with salt, oregano and black pepper.
  5. Spread the mixture on a toasted bread. Grill for 2 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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